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Fish oils could cut colds in babies

Taking Omega-3 supplements in pregnancy could reduce the chances of your baby getting sick

Posted: 2 August 2011
by Kimberley Smith
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Taking Omega-3 fish oil supplements in pregnancy may prevent your baby from getting colds for the first six months, a new study has found.

Babies whose mums took a particular Omega-3 acid during pregnancy were found to have fewer colds and got over them more quickly than those whose mums did not take the supplements.

The particular Omega-3 that appears to have a positive effect is called Docosahexaenoic Acid, or DHA to us, and can be taken in a capsule form daily.

The study looked at 800 babies and found that those whose mums had taken 400mg DHA supplements had fewer colds at the age of one month than those who had not. After three months, they were ill 14% less often.

Omega-3 is generally recommended for pregnant women because it is thought to help the brain and eye development in the womb, and has also been linked to preventing premature birth. But additional studies are needed before we can understand how the supplements can help babies’ immune systems.

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